CALIFORNIA
HAWAII
FORJAS DEL SALNÉS
CAMBADOS, PONTEVEDRA, SPAIN

This humble garage winery came to life in 2005 when vineyard owner and winemaker Rodrigo Mendez began to revitalize a little piece of Galician history that was quickly fading. Red wine in Rías Baixas was the way of the land back in the early 1900s. In the 1970s, when surrounding farmers were uprooting their less productive, less desirable red grapes in favor of planting increasingly popular Albariño grapes, the Mendez family, who owns and operates 'Do Ferreiro' - an old-guard Rias Baixas producerwas planting them. 

It all began in the early 2000s when Rodri's mission became clear: to execute his grandfather’s lifelong dream of grafting and replanting the nearly extinct, ancient coastal red vineyards in Val do Salnes and craft noteworthy, less commercial whites. As a native son of the region, his local knowledge and connections have proven very useful in locating and securing the rights to farm some very old plantations of Albariño, many of which had been previously abandoned. The Albariños at this address have very little in common with the fresh and vivacious but ultimately one-dimensional wines that constitute the majority of the category.

COUNTRY Spain
REGION Galicia
APPELLATION(S) Rias-Baixas DO
PROPRIETORS Rodri Mendez
FOUNDED 2005
WINEMAKER Rodri Mendez & Raúl Pérez
ANNUAL PRODUCTION
FARMING
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
Conventional

Winemaker Raúl Pérez is a consultant/partner here and the approach is quite natural: no added yeasts or enzymes, rarely any temperature control and a focus on older, large oak, except for the reds (which are aged in 300 litre barrels).